Aaron Goldstein is pretty fired up about two things: the World Series, and sharia law.
As for the latter, I’m pretty sure he’s referencing a particular Quranic sura (2:282) that reads: …and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her.
I’m simply going to leave it to our savvy readership to decide just how wicked this verse is — and how open to interpretation it might be. My point from the very beginning was that sharia is highly interpretive, as opposed to inherently insidious. It’s an ancient religious text that can be understood from a galaxy of different perspectives.
As we all know, there’s clearly nothing in the Old Testament that could possibly hint at misogyny. Heaven forbid a seventh-century text make amends for women’s interest in legal matters, or spare them the full burden of testimony. Wait a second…hold the phone…have I just interpreted the text differently from Aaron!? How bizarre.
Oh, and I’m sure I’ve just invited a deluge of “jihadwatch.com” citations and Daniel Pipes quotes, but I’m perfectly content to hold the line for a more cosmopolitan worldview. I suppose it’s my cross to bear.
Also to Aaron — in the future, when commenting on Malaysian affairs (or perhaps Islam in general) I’d suggest you steer clear of websites that casually advocate the suspension of our constitutional republic in favor of George W. Bush’s “permanent presidency” to correct the “inadequacy” of our democracy.
I, among others, am prone to question their acuity.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?